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MHB Reschedules the 2020 Taipei conference to May 16-17, 2020

MHB has announced that the 2020 Taipei conference, previously scheduled to take place mid-March, has been rescheduled to May 16-17, 2020. This change was done in consultation with MHB's Taiwanese partners, in response to concerns among some attendees and exhibitors about traveling or attending large gathering during the coronavirus outbreak, and travel restrictions for potential attendees from China.

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Categories: advocacy ethics legal

MHB Presents: How to Ensure Your Surrogacy Journey Abroad is Safe, Legal and Ethical

Considering going outside of the United States or Canada for your surrogacy journey? Before you do, read MHB's guidelines for safe and ethical surrogacy practices to protect yourself, your surrogate, and your future child. The guidelines, developed by an independent legal advisory committee, recommends what intended parents should take into consideration when considering surrogacy abroad, and whom should they consult with.

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Book Guide: MHB's Essential List of Surrogacy Books for Adults and Kids

We want to share the extensive book list we created with our families and dads-to-be, and that we feature at book fairs at our conferences. Our recommended reads showcase the gay male surrogacy journey, both in the realms of literacy for children, and informative reading for prospective gay parents. Each book has been selected and screened by the team at MHB, and a summary provided for each potential reader.

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Categories: GPAP conferences parents

The 2019 MHB Report card

As 2019 is drawing to a close, we gathered some statistics about the year that passed. We were happy to welcome a significantly larger number of attendees at our conferences and workshops, and almost 100 conference sponsors. In addition, the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) has helped 330 couples this year and to date we have 36 babies that were born to Stage II fathers! Furthermore, MHB has worked extremely hard to raise awareness with dozens of partners and getting involved in research and advocacy groups worldwide.

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Categories: ethics NY advocacy community

MHB Leads Community Organizations to Present “The Full Case for NY Surrogacy Reform" - See Full Video Coverage

Several leading community organizations joined MHB on November 8, 2019, to present The Full Case for NY Surrogacy Reform. The program offered in-depth look at core ethical and legal issues related to the surrogacy debate in general, and in the context of the proposed "Child Parent Security Act" (CPSA), which would reverse the ban on compensated surrogacy in New York State. The co-sponsors for this event included RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Family Equality Council, Equality NY, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, and The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. The program is part of MHB’s Advocacy and Research Forum series

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Categories: USA advocacy ethics

MHB warns of irresponsible attacks on surrogacy families

As we wrote before, a bill in Albany has the potential to finally make surrogacy legal (only 2 other states still do not allow this…). It is the best legislation we have ever seen, with a “Surrogate Bill of Rights,” measures to make sure women are not exploited, and protections to all involved. However a vocal opposition may prevent it from even getting a vote in the Assembly, vilifying surrogacy as “baby selling”, “child trafficking," etc. Their irresponsible and false attacks may not just lead to a missed opportunity, but also to lasting stigmatization of our families.

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Categories: USA ethics advocacy

MHB calls for legalizing surrogacy in New York State

Men Having Babies is calling for legalizing surrogacy in New York, describing the proposed Child Parent Security Act (CPSA) as "the most comprehensive and thoughtful surrogacy legislation ever drafted." MHB is urging the thousands of NY gay men in its network, current and future fathers, to encourage their legislators to pass the bill, and join us for the June 11th Albany Lobby Day.

On May 29, 2019, MHB's executive director, Ron Poole-Dayan, joined several experts and community leaders to testify in hearings about the CPSA at the NY Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Brad Hoylman. Poole-Dayan offered the perspective of our board and team, which includes parents, surrogates and allies. He spoke about the need for the CPSA, its alignment with MHB's Framework For Ethical Surrogacy, and our hope the legislature steers clear of amendments that can render the bill not just ineffective but also harmful.

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MHB's 6th annual Tel Aviv Surrogacy conference is offered in cooperation with the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers

Men Having Babies' 6th Tel Aviv Surrogacy Conference, to be held December 7-8, 2018, is the culmination of a year-long series of well-attended workshops MHB has been leading in cooperation with the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers (AIGF) .

The conference is structured to offer opportunities for the attendees to learn about a select group of surrogacy providers directly and through several expert panels (see agenda below). The net proceeds from sponsorship revenues will benefit the AIGF and our joint Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

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Categories: advocacy community video

Anthony Brown: My Journey with Men Having Babies

Men Having Babies has benefited from the leadership of Anthony M Brown, our board chairman, from the first days of our incorporation in 2012. His input and insight have helped us grow into the amazing organization we are now. As he steps down and leaves the board at the end of 2018, Anthony looks back in the article below at his journey with MHB. He also had an opportunity to recount some of these landmarks and insights at "mini-documentary" our gifted videographer Alex Harris created recently: "The Journey Starts Here". Anthony will still be a familiar face at some of our annual conferences and in our community.

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Categories: community conferences

The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo returned with record attendance!

With record breaking attendance at 240 people, the 5th annual West Coast conference by gay parenting organizations Men Having Babies and Our Family Coalition was held at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel on January 13-14, 2018. It featured community resources and twenty-eight service providers from the USA and Canada, as well as information about financial assistance for prospective gay parents.

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